Assistant Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion & Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice
Dr. Kimberly Simmons is a Certified Diversity Professional who obtained her Pharm.D. and MBA in 2008 from Mercer University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and E.W Stetson School of Business and Economics, respectively. Following graduate studies, she completed a one year post-graduate residency with focus in drug information in academia and industry, after which she practiced for four years within the pharmaceutical and medical device industries as the Pharmacy Relations Manager for SIGVARIS and Medical Information Associate with Solvay Pharmaceuticals, respectively. As a native of Atlanta, Kimberly served on the advisory boards for many non-profit organizations, such as the National Pharmaceutical Association (NPhA) and Morehouse College Pre-Pharmacy Society. In 2009, Dr. Simmons undertook the role of Public Relations Director for the National Pharmaceutical Association, Atlanta Chapter where she was instrumental in promoting the collective interests of minorities seeking employment in health-related careers and admissions into healthcare programs.
Dr. Simmons became the Assistant Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion and Assistant Professor in Pharmacy Practice in 2012. As the Chief Diversity Officer for the College, Dr. Simmons is responsible for advising the President and Deans regarding recruitment and retention of minority faculty and staff, student recruitment and admissions, community engagement, mentoring and advising, enhancing relationships with minority alumni and cultural awareness programs for the STLCOP campus community.
Assistant Director, Diversity and International Programs
LaShawnda Fields is the Assistant Director of Diversity and International Programs. LaShawnda is a native of St. Louis and received her undergraduate degree from Saint Louis University and her Master of Social Work from George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis.
As the Assistant Director of Diversity, LaShawnda is responsible for strategic planning, facilitating diversity workshops, underrepresented minority student recruitment, and retention, student group advising, research, campus climate surveys, and programming. LaShawnda is excited to contribute to the plans of the STLCOP 20/20 Strategic Plan, specifically Critical Issue No. 4.2.2, and the efforts to improve diversity and inclusion at STLCOP.